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Video: Arlington police officer allows weed-smoking teen do 200 pushups instead of going to jail


Dec. 29–ARLINGTON — An Arlington police officer is popular on social media Thursday because a video shows he gave a teenager caught smoking marijuana in a movie theater parking lot an unorthodox alternative to arrest: pushups.

Arlington police officer Eric Ball was working off-duty Monday night at a movie theater in Arlington when someone told him a teenager was smoking marijuana outside, WFAA-TV reported. Ball went outside to find the teen finishing a cigarette and discarding it, and Ball smelled marijuana when he approached him.

Arlington police spokesman Lt. Christopher Cook said the teen was respectful and realized he made a mistake, leading Ball to give him an option other than being arrested.

“He said, ‘You give me 200 pushups, I won’t put you in jail,'” Cook said. “He could have very well arrested this teen, but instead he tried to do something better.”

The teenager’s name was not known, and he was about 17 or 18 years old.

Ball found his mother inside the theater and told her what happened. She gave him a hug and thanked him, gave her son a stern warning and told Ball she would’ve made him do more push-ups, Cook told WFAA-TV.

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST


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  1. Awesome, such a minor infraction should be handled with officer discretion. On more than one occasion, if I caught a school age teenager consuming alcohol while driving, but not clearly intoxicated; I would, with a parent’s permission, give them the option of writing a well-researched book report on the dangers of drinking and driving. It had to be at least five pages long, typed, double space. I would tell them they were to turn it into their parents when it was complete and the parent would get it to me. Of course, I told the parent to just keep it since this was a little unorthodox anyway and I didn’t want my boss or MADD to blow up over it. I would like to think one or more of those kids, now grown adults learned something and it had a lasting impression on their “drinking and driving”, as well as their impression of law enforcement. Great job Officer Ball.


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